Harmony Today

There were many people around the world out in harmony today for science, and that gives me hope that people like my daughter with a mind at home in complex math and science will have a place in this world.

Shoutout: SWHS Math Team took 1st and 2nd places in WA State Mathematics Council competition today. Bravo Nerdy Birdies! Endless thanks to this man who has guided for years a weekly after-school group of highly motivated math students, filling a gap, seeking opportunities for these students to demonstrate their nerdy best, and then accompanying them to said opportunities.

My favorite sign from today: “Atoms Are What Make Us Matter

I do not know the words or hymn, but it is harmony in the land of my ancestors.

Jane Hirshfield has long been one of my favorite poets and you can listen to her poem in honor of today being read aloud: On the Fifth Day.

Here is a shorter poem I have loved a long time that I hope she will not mind me posting, as a fan. (I attempt not to lift poets’ works directly for copyright).


It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.

Even in this
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.

That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books –

Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.

~ Jane Hirshfield

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Here is a poem I wrote in 2013 I offer to #PoetsForScience, even though I have no Twitter account.

What We Forget

Look!  The sun spotlights a stage,
pulls light green from dark
along the shoulders of giant firs.
Gold midges flutter in turbo clusters,
daredevil spirals.
Bronze wings plummet flash quick
dizzying ups and downs
along spider hair tinsel.
Hundreds of gleamers spin slivers of light gracing the gap
between the trees.
Take all mechanisms of separation.
Give me more minutes standing watch,
remembering, feeling insects take off and land on my skin
in the dancing spaces where sun pools in the woods.
Poetry lives where we forget to see.

~ Erin Waterman

About Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.
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2 Responses to Harmony Today

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Good to know people around the world walked in support of science. While I’m every bit a writer, and I do like the maths and sciences too – I majored in applied mathematics at university and aced it 🙂 It does sound like your daughter or at least her school are encouraging study in these fields, which is great because the more we learn about science and the more scientific discoveries, the more we see the patterns in this world.

    Lovely poem you wrote there. The creative arts and the strands of science together. Very nicely done. “turbo clusters” I really like that phrase. It reminds me of how different atoms and molecues can combine and fuse to make whole new elements 🙂

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